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(4 stars; 18 reviews)

Like the Asphodel, a plant which grows far away from England, Daphne grows far away from home. In her first chance of freedom, at the age of almost 17, she finds an opportunity to forget for a while... Forget that her father, the renowned Sir Vernon Lawford, does not love her. To forget that, for some reason, nobody talks about her mother who traveled to the South of France and never returned. She can be a butcher's daughter from Oxford Street, she can control her friend's actions, she can fancy that she is in love with a man who does not even reveal his name. She returns home and faces the challenge of earning her father's love and carve a respectable place beside her beloved older half-sister. But what would she do when her past folly catch up with her? Would she find love and acceptance at last? - Summary by Stav Nisser. (19 hr 50 min)


I. ' And she was fair as is the rose in May ' 28:37 Read by Jim Locke
II. ' And this was gladly in the Eventide ' 26:12 Read by Jim Locke
III. ' And Volatile, as ay was his usage ' 42:50 Read by Jim Locke
IV. ' CURTEIS she was, discrete, AND DEBONAIRE ' 36:02 Read by jenno
V. ' Thou lovest me, that wot I wel certain ' 40:56 Read by jenno
VI. ' Love maketh all to gone misway ' 43:52 Read by jenno
VII. ' His Herte bathed in a Bath of Blisse ' 37:18 Read by jenno
VIII. ' God wote that worldly Joy is sone ago ' 35:31 Read by Jim Locke
IX. ' Of Colour pale and dead was she ' 28:41 Read by Jim Locke
X. ' And spending Silver had he right ynow ' 30:17 Read by Jim Locke
XI. ' Yeve me my Deth, or that I have a Shame ' 34:22 Read by jenno
XII. ' And to the Dinner faste they hem spedde ' 36:20 Read by jenno
XIII ' After my Might ful fayne wold I you plese ' 33:24 Read by jenno
XIV. ' Love is a Thing, as any Spirit, free ' 34:21 Read by jenno
XV. ' Not for your Linage, ne for your Richesse ' 23:28 Read by Jim Locke
XVI. ' No Man may alway have Prosperitee ' 32:34 Read by Jim Locke
XVII. ' And in my Herte wondren I began ' 40:35 Read by Rachel Lintern
XVIII. ' Love wol not be constreined by Maistrie ' 38:56 Read by Rachel Lintern
XIX. ' I deme that hire herte was ful of wo ' 35:15 Read by Jim Locke
XX. ' Al sodenly she swapt adown to Ground ' 32:37 Read by Jim Locke
XXI. ' For Wele or Wo, for Carole, or for Daunce ' 36:33 Read by Jim Locke
XXII. ' For I wol gladly yelden hire my Place ' 29:17 Read by Jim Locke
XXIII. ' And COME agen, be it by Day or Night ' 26:31 Read by Jim Locke
XXIV. ' Ay fleth the Time, it wol no Man abide ' 33:17 Read by Jim Locke
XXV. ' But I wot best wher wringeth me my Sho ' 37:41 Read by Jim Locke
XXVI. ' Forbid A Love and it is ten Times so wode ' 25:34 Read by Jim Locke
XXVII. ' I may not don as any ploughman may' 27:39 Read by Jim Locke
XXVIII. ' Love is not old, as whan that it is new ' 42:46 Read by Jim Locke
XXIX. ' I meane well, by God that sit above ' 45:29 Read by Lynda Marie Neilson
XXX. ' Ther was no Wight, to whom she durste plain ' 49:51 Read by Lynda Marie Neilson
XXXI. ' I wolde live in Pees, if that I might ' 30:28 Read by Lynda Marie Neilson
XXXII. ' For Love and not for Hate thou must be ded ' 33:42 Read by Lynda Marie Neilson
XXXIII. ' Is there no Grace ? Is there no Remedie ?' 56:52 Read by Lynda Marie Neilson
XXXIV. ' Sens Love hath brought us to this piteous End ' 23:09 Read by Lynda Marie Neilson


Melancholy story

(3.5 stars)

Melancholy story about the unloved daughter of a cold nobleman. Shuffled off to expensive boarding schools from a very early age, Daphne is finally “finished” and allowed to come home. The only one who cares for her is her older half-sister, who is the apple of her father’s eye; but the two sisters do love each other dearly. The story revolves around Daphne’s conflicted feelings toward her own love-sick fiancée, toward her sister’s dashing fiancée, and her abiding love for her sister. Hidden emotions escalate on an extended Swiss vacation tour the beautiful young ladies, their father, both fiancées, and their annoying aunt take, staying at high-class resorts, along with all the trappings of the idle rich. Great descriptions of the lovely landscapes. Originally published in 1875.

a great book

(1 stars)

Not my favourite readers. I listened til the end, but would not recommend.

sad and dark tale. author understands psychology very well

(2 stars)

Jim Lock is not my favorite reader!